6 Exciting Games To Play In Your Sandtable


Sand is an incredibly versatile substance. It can be manipulated into almost any form, making it ideal for use in outdoor play. If your nursery has a sandtable, then it’s important that each activity is planned with a learning objective. With so much potential for fun and sensory stimulation, introducing games that get your child thinking and creating will significantly improve their development.

Since trips to the beach are both unpredictable and uncontrollable, sand play can be the next best thing. Finding time to include some of these activities in your children’s playtime will help them get to grips with a tactile material, without the unexpected incidents of the great outdoors.

5 Playground Games To Inspire Your Little Olympians

The Olympics are just around the corner and Rio is set to unveil one of the biggest playgrounds in the world. With so much activity and athleticism on display, now could be the opportune time to inspire your own Olympic-themed outdoor games.

Even without the resources on offer in Brazil, nurseries can still use the occasion to encourage physical and motor skill development in early-years learners. Children will hop, skip and jump at the chance to recreate their favourite Olympic moments.

Sense Urges Government to Move Forward with Funding Plans for Early years

National deafblind charity, Sense, is calling for assurance from the Government that plans for a new Early Years funding formula will not be affected by today’s [21st July 2016] announcement that the introduction of a new National Funding Formula for schools is set to be delayed until 2018-19.

The Government was expected to bring forward plans for a national funding formula for early years providers later this year, once the funding arrangements for schools had been agreed.  The new funding settlement for the early years is an essential element of the Government’s plans to roll out 30 hours of free childcare for working parents of 3 and 4 year old children from September 2017.

Holmsdale Manor Nursery’s 30th Anniversary Celebrations!

Holmsdale Manor Nursery in Ibstock, Leicestershire, celebrated their 30th anniversary with a ‘Party in the Woods’ this summer. This is an annual event, but was extra-special this year. One of the staff, Dawn, made a fantastic birthday cake which included the nursery logo, our nursery donkeys (who are on loan from the Donkey Sanctuary) and characters from the Gruffalo story- including the mouse, who was toasting marshmallows on a campfire!

We based the event around ‘purposeful physical play’ which is something we focus on at Holmsdale, because of the importance of physical development and outdoor learning to children’s brain development.

Choose an insurer that specialises in you

Morton Michel has specialised in childcare insurance for more than 50 years and evolved with the industry through half a century of change. Here’s what our experience tells us will benefit you most from using a specialist insurance provider

Just as all childcare businesses are different, not all insurance providers are the same. When choosing who should provide cover for your setting, you should consider the advantages of using a specialist provider whose deep understanding of the industry means they can be trusted to meet your needs. In March 2016, Morton Michel won Specialist Broker of the Year at the Commercial Insurance Awards, recognising the level of expertise and commitment that we offer to the childcare industry. 

Cotton wool parenting means outdoor play is in decline

New research by Sudocrem, which surveyed 2,000 UK parents, found that 62% think that parents today are more over- protective of their children than previous generations.

Studies have shown that the number of children who participate in outdoor play has been dramatically decreasing over the last four decades. Children of this generation spend less than 5 hours playing outside per week, in comparison with 11 hours per week for their parents generation.

Towergate CEO Celebrates National Carers Week with Local Nursery

This week is National Carers Week and to demonstrate Towergate’s commitment to the care industry, CEO David Ross has paid a visit to local nursery Stables Daycare on Noble Tree Road and donated scooters for the children to play on in the nurseries recently renovated garden.

Caroline Jamieson, the nursery's owner, was a finalist in the Towergate Care Awards 2016, having been nominated in the Early Years category. David was shown around the nursery by Caroline and other members of the team, who talked David through current projects and introduced him to some of the children who attend.

The North welcomes Childcare Expo Manchester

In Manchester this month, an event for childcare practitioners will be taking place at EventCity on the 17 & 18 June. The show offers access to 1000s of products and services from big brands to bespoke independent suppliers to try before you buy.  There are also educational seminars for your CPD points, free hands-on workshops to take part in and lots of fantastic features to explore to pick up new ideas for your setting.  With the ongoing pressures of the recent Government announcements of additional ‘free’ childcare, there’s no time like the present for the childcare sector to come together and unite.